This second Adventures in New Orleans Jazz recording remains much closer to its roots than the internationally spiced first part…
"Whether playing well known standards, new compositions or material from other musical genres, we are committed to the cause of continuing to bring the special sound and spirit of authentic traditional New Orleans jazz.” – Dr.Michael White
“…rendered with what is clearly a deep love for the New Orleans tradition of ensemble improvisation, an extraordinarily high level of musicianship, and a highly infectious feeling of joy and enthusiasm.” – Roger Hahn for Offbeat
- Jambalaya (4:20)
- Midnight Special (4:06)
- I Love You Too Much To Ever Leave You (3:02)
- Petite Fleur (3:45)
- Panama (7:10)
- St. James Infirmary (4:15)
- Me And Bobby McGee (4:30)
- And The World Weeps (9:03)
- Tiger Rag (6:07)
- Precious Lord (2:55)
- Eternally Blue (4:40)
- Happy Together (5:13)
- Second Line (4:28)
This second Adventures in New Orleans Jazz recording remains much closer to its roots than the internationally spiced first part. None the less, we still manage to include a few surprise departures from the standard traditional jazz repertoire as well as giving our own fresh take on several long standing favorites. In addition to more familiar songs like Panama, St. James Infirmary, Tiger Rag, Petite Fleur and Second Line, there are two original songs here. I Love You Too Much To Ever Leave You is a vocal tune in the vein of the old dance hall band tradition that dates back to the early days of jazz. Eternally Blue is influenced by the long-standing practice of clarinet blues pieces.
Among the more “adventurous” offerings here are several songs that at some point have been well known in the popular music world. Here these songs are converted to the New Orleans Jazz style – with its characteristic instrumentation, rousing rhythms and improvised ensemble playing. Jambalaya, became a big #1 country music hit when recorded in 1952 by its credited composer, the famous singer Hank Williams. The song’s catchy melody and structure make perfectly suited to be a traditional jazz instrumental. Many may remember the song Midnight Special as the title track of the 1970s television popular music show and as a hit recording for the rock group Creedence Clearwater Revival. Midnight Special was an old prisoners song popular in folk music circles since the early 20th century and popularized by legendary singer/guitarist Leadbelly with his first recording of it in 1934.
Rock singer Janis Joplin’s biggest hit, Me and Bobby Mc Gee has previously been unheard of as a traditional jazz song, but the small band and brass band versions here show that the song is well suited as an instrumental in a club, dance hall or in a second line parade. Also in a fresh brass band vein is the rock group the Turtles’ classic 1969 hit Happy Together. Modern jazz organ master Dr. Lonnie
Smith’s recent composition And The World Weeps, is a haunting dirge that becomes a well suited vehicle for New Orleans style individual and collective expression.
Whether well known standards, new compositions or material from other musical styles, we are committed to the cause of continuing to bring the special sound and spirit of authentic traditional New Orleans jazz with our own unique style and approach in the tradition of our ancestors – paying homage to both what they did and what they would have wanted us to do. Please sit back and enjoy the music!
– Dr.Michael White